Top officials of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) are said to be plotting to help Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, out of her certificate mess.
NYSC insiders told TheCable on Tuesday that the officials are looking for a way to help her out by blaming the mess on the former director-general, Yusuf Bomoi, a retired brigadier-general who died on September 18, 2017.
“At least Bomoi is not alive to defend himself,” one of the officials said.
While this may potentially free Adeosun of the criminal charge of forgery, it still does not protect her from facing charges of dodging national service.
On Monday, NYSC issued a vague press release, confirming that Adeosun applied for exemption but failing to disclose when she applied and if she was indeed granted.
The body promised to investigate the “purported certificate” without confirming or denying the validity of the serial number or the genuineness of the document — even though insiders say it will not take “less than 30 minutes” to check the records.
“She is definitely not entitled to an exemption,” an official of NYSC, who declined being named for fear of victimisation, said.
“If indeed she applied officially, the response would have been standard — ‘sorry, you are not entitled to exemption’.
“You would have noticed that the NYSC press statement merely said she applied, which suggests that they have checked the records, and then it is silent on the other details. The officials are still working out a response. A lot is going on underground.”